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CNBC Launches New Pan-Regional Programme - Capital Connection

CNBC Europe, the leading pan-European business and financial news channel, today announced a new pan-regional programme, Capital Connection which will deliver all the cross border news stories that impact Europe and Asia. The programme will be co-anchored live from London and Singapore and will start on 26 March. The company also announced a number of programme changes, which take effect on the same date, introducing some new features to some of it key shows.

Capital Connection (06:00 - 07:00 CET weekdays) is CNBC’s new pan-regional programme and reflects the increasing importance of the Far East in world business affairs. The show will act as a bridge between the Asian business day and Europe, with fast and interactive reporting between the co-anchors of the show, Steve Sedgwick in London and Maura Fogarty in Asia. Capital Connection will give viewers in Europe the edge that they need as they gear up for their trading day. The programme will enable CNBC viewers to understand the impact of market movements across borders - on their portfolios, investment strategies and business decisions. The show will be broadcast simultaneously on CNBC Europe, CNBC Asia and CNBC World and replaces Today’s Business in Europe.

“This new programme strengthens our early morning programming, which is a critical time for our viewers as they prepare for the opening of the markets,” said Barbara Stelzner, Director of News and Programming at CNBC Europe. “The recent volatility in the Asian markets is an example of how this part of the world is increasingly important for business affairs on a global basis and this needs to be reflected in our coverage.”

The programme launch comes on the back of other successful pan-regional programming - Worldwide Exchange, CNBC’s daily global news programme tri-anchored in London, New York and Singapore which launched in December 2005, and Global Players with Sabine Christiansen a global panel discussion programme that debuted in February 2006.

New programme features for key shows
CNBC Europe is also making changes to its early evening schedule with a one hour version of Europe Tonight, which will provide a comprehensive review of the business day and in-depth interviews with CEOs, business and political leaders on the day’s most important stories and events.

Following viewer research and feedback, Europe Tonight will move to a later slot and will air weekdays between 20:00 - 21:00 CET, repeated at 23:00 - 00:00 CET. This is a more attractive slot for viewers watching after work, giving them insight into the day’s events and how the markets will react during the next trading session.

European Closing Bell will become a one hour fast-paced, dynamic wrap up of the trading day, focussing on the close of the European markets, and will air weekdays between 17:00 - 18:00 CET.

Both programmes will be hosted by Simon Hobbs, AIB’s 2006 International TV Presenter of the Year.

Power Lunch Europe (12:00 - 13:00 CET) has been refocused with a greater opportunity for interaction with the viewer and packed with information for the retail investor. The one hour programme, hosted by Louisa Bojesen, will have all the business news from the day, discussion and analysis on which stocks are moving the most, which companies are in the spotlight and the latest economic reports.

Its popular Investors' Clinic segment will now air twice a week (Tuesdays and Fridays at 12:15 CET for half an hour). This has become one of the show’s most powerful elements where viewers pose investment questions directly to a guest panel of experts. Other segments will include Half Time Report at 12:45 CET, which will discuss the issues in the US trading day ahead and what that means for global investors; CEO Call, in which a guest CEO gives analysis that will help viewers shape their investment portfolios, whether it’s a top FTSE 100 or a small listed company.

For more information, please contact:

CNBC Europe
Hugo Foulds
+44 20 7653 9398
hugo.foulds@cnbceurope.com

About CNBC Europe

CNBC Europe is the only pan-European real-time financial and business channel dedicated to European CEOs and senior corporate executives, the European financial services industry and the European investor. Today the channel is available in over 100 million homes, 1,400 banks and financial institutions and thousands of four and five star hotel rooms throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. CNBC Europe is wholly owned subsidiary of NBC Universal. NBC Universal is the broadcasting unit of the General Electric Company (GE).

About CNBC Asia Pacific

In Asia Pacific, CNBC is headquartered in Singapore and is available in over 21 countries across the region and distributed to over 140 million households. CNBC Asia Pacific’s channels, include CNBC Asia, CNBC-TV18 (India), CNBC Pakistan and Nikkei-CNBC (Japan). CNBC also has a strategic alliance with China Business Network, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Shanghai Media Group. The channels are distributed via satellite, cable and terrestrial broadcast networks, as well as broadband via CNBC.com. CNBC content is also distributed on the 3G platform through selective markets. For more information, please visit us at www.asia.cnbc.co

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